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Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theatre on 1986-04-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theatre on 1986-04-21

Set 1

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
El Paso
Row Jimmy
My Brother Esau
Cumberland Blues
Desolation Row
Ramble On Rose
Let It Grow

Set 2

Touch Of Grey
Estimated Prophet ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Jam ->
Jam ->
Maybe You Know ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Morning Dew ->
Around And Around ->
Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away ->
Don't Ease Me In

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Berkeley Community Theatre
Location Berkeley, CA

Source SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony D5/TDK MA-R90/Dolby B) D
Lineage Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1/Dolby B) -> Sony R500 (Pass Through) ->
Taped by Thanks to Paul Scotton and Joani Walker for the Cassettes
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
SBD -> PCM -> Dat -> Samplitude Professional v7.02 -> WAV
Morning Dew (Patched from 0:01 - 0:10)

-- Thanks to Paul Scotton and Joani Walker for the Cassettes
-- Thanks to David Gans for the patch source
-- Thanks to macdaddy for the Nak Cassette Deck


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2016
Subject: Double twist when you hit the air...
I had originally checked out the Charlie Miller board for the 'Maybe You Know' and yes that is a seriously bad as in NOT good moment for Brent.
However if we are talking about the show as a whole I think the sound is the 1st thing to take into account.
I find the sound pretty darn good during songs.

So let's see a Grateful Dead show in 1986 with good Soundboard. For me that is a 3 right out of the gate.
The show itself:
1/2 Step>El Paso-Pretty sweet, Great opening tunes and a good Geography lesson to boot.
Row Jimmy-As previously mentioned by reviewers this is very nice.
Although a mellow tune so easy to flow with when dancing.. Pretty cool so early in the set.
Jerry's voice was cracking on the Half Step but is better here for JIMMY.
Brother Essau- One of my favorite 80's dead tunes, Why did they drop it? The drummers have a nice groove in this tune. Brent slashes away as well.
Cumberland-Actually thought they were going for one of the more standard Cowboy tunes.
Desolation Row-Once Weir would get to sing this with Dylan it really helped energized Bob Weir's version of this tune. He would get edgier with it!
Ramble On Rose-really nice bop to it and lots of Phil
Let it Grow-Probably the best bet for a 1st closer in the 1980's. A good way for the band to raise the roof in preparation for the 2nd set. Good version lots of Brent on backing vocals, Phil pounding it.
Jerry off exploring!
2nd set
Touch-When this tune hit the MTV it spoiled the entire scene in a lot of ways but the tune itself was good live.
My preference was for it towards the end of the Second Set it seemed to shine best there.
This seems somewhat muddy compared to the way they closed the 1st set. No fear the Estimated >Eyes is just around the corner. Listen to Brent's backing vocals on TOUCH, If it was 1984 we would have gotten ' I DON"T NEED LOVE'
The Break did not sit well with Brent his backing vocals are way off. I can hear Jerry trying to sooth him a little with adding some more gentle oh's and ah's.
About half-way in I am getting Phil and Jerry playing their butts off. This kinda reminds me of when they would play with Ned Lagin and the band is going one way and old Ned was going 5 ways at once or no way at all with the a-tonal thing.
Having already listened to the "MAYBE' thru to the end of the show I would say calling this a 4 is probably fair and generous.
1st set way stronger than the train wreck that you can hear coming from a mile awhile this set.
Still being a musician involves playing through just about everything and anything.
Most bands are fortunate if there best moments get recorded with this band just about every moment is recorded. the good , bad and of course the trippy!
Chula Vista cruiser on the Estimated!
Nice jam in the Estimated-They sound as if they are almost ready to hit SPACE... Brent finding a groove on the Organ which opens some room for Jerry to head towards EYES. That is a pretty cool segue into EYES the way Garcia just lights into it. Very mellow. And then they pick-up the pace perhaps too much,,, like a forced march version of EYES.
Hey the little jam out of Eyes is really cool. There is some techno thing going "Jam it, Jam it, Jam it" Brent sounds better against the rhythm section.
Here is my take Brent wasted is still better than the whole 80's keyboard scene. It is a freaking Dead show!
Mydland wants to play his way thru it and that is what he intends to do. Sounds like he has been hitting the hard liquor. Awkward! Painful! When he got this channeled in the right direction he was incredible but that pain he never did seem to get free of that deep pain. A good reason to join Wharf Rats on the spot.
Drummers trying to get him back into some kinds flow.
I am not sure you can play anything but GDTRFB!
Jerry sounds refreshed. Had to be a tough night----. Most important thing at a show is the vibe.
They finish strong especially JERRY with the Dew and good heartfelt NFA!
This is an emotional roller coaster of a show.
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavorite - May 1, 2015
Subject: What the everloving fuck?!
Five stars? for this slopfest? Brent is completely wasted and horrible for this the infamous meltdown show. His marriage was failing and his pain is incredibly evident as is his drunkeness and complete lack of professionalism. Fucking five stars is obscene. I like Brent too, best keyboard player the GD ever had, but lets be real. Jerry and the others play well but no, two and a half stars at best.
Reviewer: gratefuldiscgolf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2013
Subject: happy birthday jerry!!
cumberland..BRENT and PHIL!!! They be all over that shit! Why does everybody hate on '86?! So many tasty nuggets found in this year~ For the first 5 years I was a deadhead, all I listened to was the 70's. Just thought what I heard of the 80's was all sloppy horrible shit. Until my college roommate enlightened me to what is the glorious 1980's Grateful Dead, now all I listen to is the 80's greatness, been like this for about 6 years, don't get me wrong; the 70's are pretty pristine but, it all got very stale to me. Anyway, just my two cents.
Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2013
Subject: You ain't got half of what you thought you had...
Awesome sound to this 86'er..Listen to PHIL, Jerry and Brent in the Row Jimmy..sweetness in a nice 1st set..The Estimated>Eyes>Jam>Maybe You Know is off the hook..all in all a smoking show..I love how they fade out of the Not Fade Away into the crowd chant..then back into Not Fade Away! and you can't go wrong with Don't Ease Me In encore..power packed to the end!! so please..GIVE IT A WHIRL!!! Forever Grateful>Forever Dead
Reviewer: gr8fulnotdead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2011
Subject: sweet
this show has it all, the whole experience. Great recording, sweet ass Dew
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2011
Subject: almost 3 years
and no rating its a miller aka 5er
Reviewer: pscotton - - April 2, 2008
Subject: gd86-04-21
This should at least have Joani Walker listed in the keywords.
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